How Long Does a Facelift Last?

Facelifts are becoming increasingly popular in this day and age. Many are utilizing their access to affordable facial plastic surgery techniques so that their appearances reflect the youth of their personalities. Wanting to boost self-esteem and improve confidence are just two of the many reasons why people seek professional help for plastic surgery. 

Although the results produce individuals who feel better about the skin they are in, there is a lot of hesitation and fear surrounding facelifts and other facial plastic surgery procedures. One of the main reasons for this is because they believe it won’t last for a long time. Although individual results will vary, and that includes as time goes on, but a lot of facelifts can last for 10 or more years.  
Therefore, our team at Aventura Plastic Surgery has gone over everything an individual would need to know to be fully prepared for their facelift procedure, and what to expect before, during, and after.

What is a Facelift?

Facelifts are a technique used through facial plastic surgery to reduce the age of the individual’s appearance. Any sagging skin around the neck and jawline can be tightened, and wrinkles can be reduced if they are not fine wrinkles or creases. Tissues under the skin are also manipulated to create a more youthful appearance. A facelift procedure can last anywhere from 2-6 hours, depending upon the individual’s needs and wants previously discussed. Scars from facelifts are hidden in the hairline and around the ears so that they are not visible to the naked eye. All in all, facelifts are routine procedures that Dr. Galitz has been performing for over 30 years in Aventura, Florida.

Why do People get Facelifts?

Many people choose to get facelifts for many different reasons. Some of the more popular reasons why individuals choose to go through with a facelift procedure are because they want to achieve:

It’s important to know that whatever reason an individual has for wanting a facelift, an experienced and knowledgeable plastic surgeon will be able to work with and help achieve the desired result.

Who are the best candidates for a facelift?

Most prime candidates for facelifts are those who have obvious signs of aging in the face, but still have some degree of elasticity in their facial skin. This generally means that individuals between 40 and 60 are those who are often seeking facial rejuvenation, but people above or below that age group can be candidates for a facelift.

Does a Facelift hurt?

Generally, it takes a few months to begin to see the final results of a facelift procedure, but the recovery time is much less. Recovery times are dependent upon the individual’s specific circumstances, but the first three weeks of recovery are the most important. It is normal to experience some mild to moderate pain after a facelift procedure, but severe non-stop pain is not. If an individual is experiencing severe pain that is persistent even after prescribed pain medications have been administered, then they should seek medical attention. Patients who recently received a facelift can expect other side effects such as:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Incision Drainage
  • Numbness

The Facelift Process

Before the Procedure

Before a facelift procedure, the doctor may recommend doing some blood tests to ensure the individual is healthy enough to go under anesthesia, either general or local. We are one of the only plastic surgery offices to use local anesthesia. Here are some other pre-facelift tips:

  • Take A Shower – Taking a shower to wash the face and hair before a facelift is a pretty smart idea. This way during and after the procedure the individual is clean and won’t have to worry about taking a shower for fear of having greasy hair. 
  • Follow All Medical Directions – Make sure to follow all medical directions given by the doctor. This is very important, as they will advise the individual on which medications to take and which to stop before their procedure. Make sure to check with the doctor to ensure all medications that are being ingested are recommended. 
  • Arrange For Help After Recovery – We recommend asking someone to be around while the patient is recovering. Whether that is a friend or family member, it will be a great help to ensure the patient is not overdoing it while they are trying to recover. This should include someone to drive the individual home after their procedure, as they will be unable to drive due to anesthesia.

During the Facelift

The facelift process is generally simple, depending upon what the individual patient requests. The exact technique used is dependent upon the surgeon, the patient’s preferences, and the patient’s anatomy. Usually, general anesthesia is used, but local anesthesia with sedation can be used in cases where the procedure is less extensive. 

 Here is the process for a routine facelift:

  1. Incisions are made along the temples and along the ears so that the scars are inconspicuous. Where the incisions are may vary depending upon the individual’s preferences. 
  2. The skin is then separated from any underlying tissue connecting the skin to the muscle in the face. This is done so that the surgeon may rearrange underlying deep tissue, remove any sagging tissue, and create a firmer foundation for the skin to lay on. 
  3. Any excess skin is then removed, while the remaining skin is tenderly placed back over the newly rejuvenated facial tissue and muscle. This creates a smoother surface for the skin to rest on and creates a youthful look without overtightening the skin. 
  4. The small incision sights are then sewn up with special sutures that help prevent scarring.

After a Facelift

The incisions from the facelift will likely be covered in bandages after the procedure. There may also be a small tube placed on either side to help aid the drainage of fluid. This will help prevent post-operative infection. We recommend resting in bed or on a sofa couch with the head elevated for the first few days. This will ensure proper drainage and swelling. Apply ice packs gently and always with a sterile barrier between the pack and skin. This will also help with the swelling and pain.  Take pain medication as directed by the doctor, but do not take anymore than prescribed. If the pain is too severe even after a dose of pain medication, contact the physician right away to discuss what actions should be taken next. Should you have more questions about recovering from a facelift, we created a facelift recovery checklist to help you out.

Should I plan on Getting Another Facelift?

Whether or not an individual would want to get a second facelift is optional, and depends upon the initial age at the time of the first facelift. Some people in their late 40s/early 50s choose to get a facelift, and then they will opt for an “update” facelift in their 60s. It’s important to remember that this is all depending upon health. If the individual is too unhealthy to undergo anesthesia, then they may have to go over other options to achieve facial rejuvenation.

Contact an Aventura Facelift Plastic Surgeon Near You

Dr. Galitz at Aventura Plastic Surgery has been performing facial plastic surgery for clients for the past 30 years. He understands where his clients are coming from through his numerous years of experience, and he is adept at masterfully performing facelifts, chin augmentations, rhinoplasties, and much more. He is available 24 hours a day for emergencies, office care, hospital care, or to ease any worries you may have before, during, or after your procedure. 
If you are interested in receiving more information about our facelift procedure or any other procedure, you may contact us for a consultation or call us at 305-515-5166.

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